Cooking up automated DevOps solutions with Chef

An IT department in any successful enterprise can be a very busy hub these days. There’s so much to do, and it seems like there’s so little time! And with so many details to take care of, sometimes mistakes are made which can prove quite costly. But there’s a way to control the chaos with a single platform, and for many that’s platform is Chef.

With just a single platform, you can manage and oversee any changes to your apps, check over your infrastructure, and make sure you’re up to date in your compliance requirements. This is a fairly popular DevOps tool worth testing it out (so popular there’s a conference for it, ChefConf 2016).

KEY FEATURES

  • Server: This is your foundation, as you can write dynamic policies to automatically create and manage your infrastructure. At any time, you can search your infrastructure, and you can even use real-time data for your policies. With its scalability, you can manage the complexity.
  • Delivery: Changes to software and infrastructure are delivered safely and quickly. With the explicit review, you can easily see every change in every project. Changes are also tested automatically with any dependencies.
  • Compliance: You can scan your entire IT infrastructure regarding compliance issues, and you get readable reports on security risks and outdated software. These compliance issues can even be classified according to their severity and impact.
  • Analytics: You can see the state of infrastructure at a glance, or search events. You can receive reports across several alerting platforms, and generate reports across a range of platforms and formats.
  • High availability: There’s no single point of failure, replication is quick, and any failure by the primary server is detected and then the 2nd Chef server takes over.

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